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How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose – The Roar

The concept of nous in rugby is difficult to quantify. The first dictionary definition of the word supplied by Merriam-Webster is “the divine reason regarded in…

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The concept of nous in rugby is difficult to quantify.
The first dictionary definition of the word supplied by Merriam-Webster is “the divine reason regarded in Neoplatonism as the first emanation of God”. I think we can safely move past that one, in terms of professional sporting performance.
The second offering is far more apt: “common sense, alertness”. The Cambridge English Dictionary chimes in with “good judgement and practical ability”, and the even more pithy “horse sense”.
When the Br…

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